Dubai Expo 2020 world’s fair postponed to October 2021

DUBAI (AP) — Dubai’s Expo 2020 world’s fair will be postponed to October 1, 2021, over the new coronavirus pandemic, a Paris-based body behind the events said yesterday.

The announcement by the Bureau International des Expositions came just hours after police in Kuwait dispersed what they described as a riot by stranded Egyptians unable to return home amid the coronavirus pandemic. The development was the first reported sign of unrest from the region’s vast population of foreign workers who have lost their jobs over the crisis.

Dubai, a sheikhdom in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has bet billions of dollars on Expo 2020 to rejuvenate its troubled economy. Since the pandemic grounded flights by its long-haul carrier Emirates and disrupted its real estate market, Dubai has been seeking to delay the event until next year.

Technicians at the construction site of the Expo 2020 in Dubai. PHOTO: AP